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It's almost the end of the year. The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer and the climate around the majority of countries in Europe is dipping to very unpleasant levels.
I'm not sure whether SAD is a condition that you are familiar with but I know, certainly in the UK, it's around this time of year that people start complaining that they are suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, hence SAD. It is for this reason that they spend their days feeling low with pretty much little energy to do anything apart from to sit in front of the television with a big blanket and lots of comfort food. This mood tends to be maintained by the sufferer throughout the days and months leading up to spring (apart from during the festive holiday season when alcohol generally induces a temporary change in mood).
Now, apparently this is a clinically proven condition and I certainly cannot say whether it is or it isn't. I'm definitely guilty of feeling a little depressed on occasion during the winter months, particularly because, like most of you, I drive to work in the dark and then back home in the dark. There are days when I wish I could stay at home and hibernate until the rain clears and the sun shines. Still, one thing that always makes me happy is reflecting on what an incredible year this has been for us at Ophthalmology Times Europe.
I would like to thank you all so much for making this year a professionally and personally rewarding and a very enjoyable one for me.
For now, I would like to wish you all a wonderful vacation and I look forward to seeing you in 2007.
With very best wishes,